The MOP Up: When no one’s online, the terror truly begins

    
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Halloween may be over, but you can still get your creepy spook on with No Players Online. This is a horror game that uses a long-abandoned multiplayer shooter as a platform for chills and screams.

“In No Players Online you find a dusty old VHS tape with the words ‘Capture The Flag Project Footage 03.20/86’ scrawled on it. After inserting it into a video player you find that it contains footage of an old Capture The Flag FPS, but the servers are all empty – or so they seem…”

And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has a full month of real-world events to bring its community together and have them swish their phones about. Developer Niantic has also kicked off a creator program designed to empower other devs working on alternate reality games.

Wurm Online’s newest patch made some adjustments to the Jackal premium server while adding some quality-of-life improvements.

PixARK is keeping Halloween going strong deep into November for some reason.

Have fun playing with all the guns you want, thanks to Apex Legends’ new firing range.

Apsis Online, an ASCII sandbox MMO, has released its latest version: “Today we (as in, me and you) may embark on a journey into the jungles of planet 042-88B.  Or maybe we’re diving into the oceans of Bromius II. A temperate outpost planet that you’ll be stuck on for awhile because I haven’t gotten around to actually balancing any of the newer sandbox features! ”

Vainglory’s developer has handed off the MOBA to another studio as it raises $10.5 million for its next game.

Battle a kraken and enjoy some love for Beastmasters and Scholars with the November Final Fantasy XI update.

Google Stadia might not be out yet, but you can grab its (for now, useless) app from the Google Play Store.

Neverwinter tossed out an odds-and-ends patch, although it doesn’t look like anything super-exciting.

Gran Saga, a new cross-platform MMO in development over in South Korea, released its first teaser trailer:

Happy second birthday, Lineage 2 Revolution:

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Danny Smith

I miss when Horror games got meta. They kind of died when really constant experimental stuff came out of Japan for the DS and Wii. One i always wish we got over here was ‘Nanashi No Game’ or ‘The game with no name’ Where a third of it was a visual novel about someone getting a wifi download on their DS -including a slightly altered version of the systems OS interface ingame- a third was in the game which was a NES era Dragon Warrior/Final Fantasy clone that was buggy and grew increasingly corrupt as it went on and a third was first person exploration in places like a subway after it closed for the night as supernatural horrors target you as the current victim of the cursed videogame.

So Last Starfighter meets Ring. I’ve played a fan translation a little but its just not the same and the closest we got gameplay wise was the fantastic but tonally different sepia toned 70’s mystery adventure Hotel Dusk: Room 215.

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cursedseishi

God… been ages since I’ve seen that game brought up! I remember… a video or something… I’d seen a good while back that talked about Nanashi No Game, but for the life of me I can’t remember where (which sounds like a lead in to some horror cliche right about now).

The DS was a treasure trove for odd bits of meta play like that though. Even if a few of them relied a little… too much on tricks over actual substance.

Likely it didn’t help though that proper ‘horror’ is seen like some sort of small niche community for bigger developers. Square especially had an issue with its moneyfolk misunderstanding genre popularity too. And it is a bloody shame, because much like some classic turn based RPGs or mecha-based strategy titles, I loooove me some juicy proper horror!